- a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.
Origin of Druid
Examples from the Web for druidic
It would not spoil his Druidic mood if he missed Stonehenge.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
So he struck her with a rod of Druidic spells, which turned her head into a pig's head.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
But was not that a Druidic superstition, and unworthy of the credence of a Christian?By the Barrow River
In Keltic we are not told the kind of wood from which the Druidic switch was taken.Creation Myths of Primitive America
The people of Cisalpine Gaul, for instance, had no Druidic priesthood.Legends & Romances of Brittany
- a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
- a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Word Origin and History for druidic
1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).
The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.